This issue was going to contain an article by Leonard Pinzauti on a specific Italian DC-3 card – unfortunately the accompanying image was wiped in a computer crash early this year, so it has been put back.  However to preserve the Italian quota, the lower picture opposite is an Italian card which raises quite a few questions. Basically it is a real photo card, with a number 28  nthe face,– any other information comes from the card back, but the scene seems to be more interesting than the text  conveys.

Italian card of Venice Airport with race-numbered planes raised various questions.

The aircraft are :-

Background: A Junkers G.24 A-28, of the Austrian airline Oelag.

Foreground : Various aircraft painted with Race Numbers.  With a magnifying glass, the small monoplanes, numbers 1 & 2  have Breda 33 (or 55) on the nose.  One appears to be I-RATO. Behind is a high wing monoplane, I-AAWO (or D).  There are also four  Klemm –like monoplanes ,  including race no 4 & 6 and some biplanes. So question one is – what was the event and when ?

Some help comes from the back which also raises other questions . The photographer was Graziadei of Venezia(Venice) and the card is titled Transadriatica-Venezia. There is also a rubber stamp, again Transadriatica Venezia, but also Direzone Aeroporto. So we have a photo of Venice airport, late 20s or 30s. Now Transadriatica were an Intalian airline operating Ju F.13s Rome -Venice –Vienna until absorbed into S.A Mediterranea (See September cover) in 1931.   This could mean that the shot is pre 1931 or it may mean that Transadriatica continued as an airport operator after the take-over.

Lastly, the current Venice airport is on the mainland. Clearly there is no room on the island city, so where was Venice’s first airport – the Venice Lido island is a possibility but this is question No.3.


The other image is one we have been able to answer for US member Bill Peters.  It is one of the untitled Real Photograph cards by the company of that name in Liverpool in the 30s and is identified as a Blackburn Nautilus, competitor for a carrier fighter competition won by a Hawker Hart varient which became the Osprey.

The answer to this, like all Real Photographs cards, untitled, Navy biplane, was the Blackburn Nautilus built to a 1926 specification.


Bill also sent a modern reproduction with dates added of a presumed 1935 card commemorating an endurance record for single engine aircraft , set by the Key brothers in July 1935 . The Curtiss Robin “Ole Miss” was refueled 438 times over 27 days by a Waco. Was there an original card and does the record stand ?

Retrospective commemorative card of endurance record breakers, the Key Brothers issued for the 50th anniversary of their 1935 flight.

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